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How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Credited Internship Application

One of the many things that sets FIT apart from all other schools is its extensive internship connections. FIT’s Career and Internship Center helps students by assigning, structuring, and monitoring their internship process. Credited internships through FIT require both on-site work with the company and class time at FIT.

There are a lot of nitty-gritty details that you have to pay attention to while going through the application process for a credited internship, so I’ll give you all the necessary information to get it all done.

Before you do anything, you will want to go through the Career and Internship Center’s online orientation. This will give you everything you need to know about the entire process from start to finish, including what an internship is, why you should do them, when they are available, and how your career counselor will help you.

To see an overview of how to apply and find out whether you qualify for a credited internship, click here. This page will ask you to fill out a survey to see if you qualify. You will need to log into the “Career Internship Database” to fill this out.  A few days after you fill out the survey, they will send you an email confirming that you are qualified and that you can continue with the process.

Once it is confirmed that you qualify for a credited internship, you will want to create and upload a resume and a letter of introduction to your Career Internship Database profile. If you need help writing these, don’t worry. FIT offers a guide on how to write these, including template layout and even words and phrases to use. If you need more than that, feel free to use FIT’s Writing Studio services.

A few days after you upload BOTH your resume and letter of introduction, you will receive an email assigning you to a specific career counselor. This is who you will see to practice interviews, revise your resume and letter of introduction, and go over the database that contains all of FIT’s internship options. You will need to schedule an hour meeting with your career counselor through the Career and Internship’s Symplicity database (where you logged in at the very beginning).

From there on out, it’s up to find companies of interest, either through their database or on your own, and let your counselor know you want to apply to them. They will give you important contact information for the company, and help you customize your resume and letter of introduction to best fit those companies.

There are countless benefits to having a credited internship, whether it’s a requirement within your major, or you just want some more experience. FIT has lots of ways it can help.

Free Museums

Hello there!

As a honor student we have to complete three extra curricular activities per semester, which means after being in the honors program for a few years we run out of ideas… As a result we often receive emails giving us suggestions on activities to do. As a huge fan of museums I love doing them as my extra curricular activities, but I really don’t want to spend money on any of them. Recently, I have been introduced to this website that shows you all the museums in the city that are free, as well as museums that have special days where admission is free. Honestly, I wish I had known about this website sooner, it’s so helpful! If you are new to the city and want to do fun free activities you might want to check out the link below!

https://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish

Do you know of some helpful tips? Let us know!

xoxo

-Z

Welcome Back!

Hello there! The fall semester is about to start in less than a week and most of us are probably not ready… There is so much to complete and do before the semester starts, which is why I thought I would give you a little guide to make it a little easier for you!

  1. Check you FIT email You want to make sure you haven’t gotten any email announcements from your professors. Some might already want you to do something before class (buy textbooks, homework, projects etc.), you never know… but better start off the semester prepared.
  2.  Log In to Blackboard Always log in to your Blackboard, a lot of times professors make announcement there at the start of the semester. They post the syllabus, policies, tips etc.   Again they might want you to do something before class starts, and it will be there under announcements. Just check it to make sure.
  3. Check that you are Registered I would make sure you are registered to all your signed up classes. This semester one of my classes got canceled, so I had to make sure I replaced it, which can take a some time, especially if you already have your schedule planned. You can check under you MyFIT -> Student -> Registration -> View Student Schedule
  4. Start looking for good deals A lot of professors want you to purchase the textbook before class starts. I wouldn’t, usually you don’t event tend to use it on the first day. But I would start researching good deals on amazon, facebook, thrift stores etc. because your probably going to have to purchase it at some point.
  5. Download Elucian GO If you are new and don’t know where all you classes are or want to be able to see you class schedule, I would highly suggest downloading Elucian Go. With this app you get an overview of your classes and can get detailed information on the class, like which classroom, professor details, time etc.
  6. Buy a Planner This is personal, but I need a physical planner, I don’t like electronic planners. If you are like me, don’t forget to buy one so you can start planning your semester.
  7. Get the Fall 2017 sticker On your first day of class don’t forget to get there a little earlier so you can get your fall 2017 sticker put on your ID. You will need it to get into the buildings.

Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!

xoxo

-Z

Moving Out Tips

After having moving in and out of the dorms several times at this point, I consider myself to be a professional.  Moving out is no easy feat especially when you’re moving out at the exact same time as hundreds of other students, but here are some of my tips and tricks as to how to handle moving out like a pro:

  • Pack as much as you can into a suitcase.  They’re easy to transport and they hold quite a bit, while still being compact.
  • Use your declining balance to buy snacks for the road and water for the security guards
  • Take a look at your wardrobe.  Donate any clothes that you did not wear often throughout the school year.
  • Start taking down your room decorations prior to the move out date.  It makes things so much easier when you aren’t in a time crunch to remove all of your string lights and posters.
  • Do your laundry before you move out.  Try to have as minimal dirty clothes as possible, therefore you don’t have to keep things separate.
  • Get rid of your shower caddy for sanitation purposes.
  • Thank your parents or friends who are helping you move.  

Happy moving day and best of luck!

Ashley